Bourbon has been a part of American culture since the late 18th century, when poor farmers in Maryland and Pennsylvania began distilling their excess grain crops. These distillers gradually migrated to Kentucky, which is now the spiritual home of Bourbon. Read More »
Another bottling by High West while their own spirit matures, showing off their ability to select great whiskeys. This is a blend of 6 and 10 year old bourbon produced in honour of the nascent American Prairie Reserve, an area the size of Connecticut that will hopefully one day be the largest grassland wildlife reserve in the USA.
Aged for five years in new American white oak barrels, Cyrus Noble Bourbon is produced in Nelson County, Kentucky. A historic brand which was once the world's most sought after Kentucky Whiskey in the mid 19th century, it is still craft distilled in Kentucky today.
Produced by Heaven Hill, Larceny bourbon uses wheat as the secondary grain rather than rye. This gives it a smoother flavour than you're average bourbon. Larceny is a small batch bourbon, made using no more than 100 barrels and bottled at a slightly higher 92 proof.
A single barrel bourbon from Wathen's, distilled at the Medley distillery in Owensboro, Kentucky. The whiskey makers, the Wathen-Medleys, have a bit of history with the current distillers being the 8th generation of the family to be in the business.
A rye whiskey made to an old prohibition era recipe. This was allegedly Al Capone's favourite whiskey, back in the days when it was illegal to make it, and it's been resurrected for the 21st century. Made and bottled in small batches, it's an old fashioned whiskey with a little bit of history.
A rye spirit from Monterey's Fog's End distillery, run by former sheriff Craig Pakish. Whilst this is close to being a whiskey, it cannot be called one, due to the addition of sugar in the production process.
Kentucky and Tennessee based Corsair's artisanal whiskies have been causing something of a stir. Made from 80% Rye, with the balance being a mix of chocolate malt, malted rye and red wheat, this is a rather chocolatey whiskey.
Wasmund's is an American single malt whiskey, made at the Copper Fox Distillery in Virginia, the malt for which is dried at the distillery using applewood and cherrywood. This has been aged for 42 months using a secret 'chip and barrel ageing' process, which has certainly added plenty of colour to the final product..
A rye spirit from the folks behind Wasmund's single malt. It's not allowed to be called whiskey in the EU as it's under 3 years old or in the USA as it's not been in a new charred American oak cask. Instead the rye heavy spirit has been matured in first and second fill bourbon casks along with new and used apple wood and oak chips to give a surprising amount of development in just 12 months.
A 35cl bottle of the splendidly-named Hudson Baby Bourbon - the first legal aged grain spirit to be produced in New York since Prohibition ended over 75 years ago. Unusually for bourbon, Hudson's spirit is pot-distilled and is aged in small new oak casks. Please note that this is a 35cl bottle
Hudson Four Grain bourbon is made using the Tuthilltown distillery's unique recipe of the common grains used for a bourbon mashbill - corn, rye, malted barley and wheat. Like the company's flagship Baby Bourbon, Four Grain is aged in small casks to speed up maturation. World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Bourbon No Age Statement
Blended from barrels of 6-12 year-old bourbon and bottled at barrel proof with no added water, Rare Breed has a rich, yet mellow flavour despite its high alcohol content. IWSC 2012 - Gold Outstanding Medal - Whiskey - USA
Another in the exciting new wave of American whiskies from small distilleries in places that don't normally make whiskey. This is American single malt, made with locally-malted barley, distilled on what looks on their website very like a column still (which isn't allowed here anymore for some stupid reason), and aged in new toasted American barrels.
Smooth Ambler's distillery was built in 2009, so this bottling was blended from barrels chosen by the owners, rather than their own spirit. Made from 60% corn, 36% rye and 4% malted barley, this has spicy notes, both woody and almost chilli-like.
A short-lived edition of Maker's Mark. Released with the ABV reduced from the usual 45% in an attempt to avoid stock shortage issues, it invoked an outcry and Beam Inc reversed their decision within a week. A few of these rare bottles got into stores and we've managed to acquire a few.